Enrichment Day Helps Students

October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM EDT

By WKBW News

October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Imagine learning Tae Kwon Do and doing this kind of science experiment right in your very own classroom.

“Twice a year we have an enrichment day. It's a chance to get the kids to have hands on learning experiences,” Assistant Principal Margaret Smith said.

At St. Mark School in North Buffalo they are getting all the basic lessons and much more.

“It's a day of learning outside of school books. They absolutely love it and they get so excited for this day,” Principal Lydia Brenner said.

The school got visits from other some very special guests, including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. They were able to ask some pretty tough questions and get answers from the Mayor himself.

“It's an opportunity to be exposed to the leaders in our community and the art and historical aspects of our community that the every day classroom doesn't integrate into the day,” Smith said.

Technology Teacher Jim Asztalos said it is not only fun for the kids but the teachers enjoy the lessons as well. They said all this hands on learning is something the kids will remember for life.

“Sometimes when they read things out of a book and only a book although they are learning, they may not remember everything but when they learn it like this it really stays with them for life,” Brenner said.

They said St. Marks is not only about enriching the kids academically but also socially and spiritually. They say it is about making school feel like home away from home.

“Right from the time you enter the door to the time you leave it's a family atmosphere. Because we are a Catholic School the presents of Christ is here,” Smith said.